GUWAHATI: Forty-one Meitei people arrived in Assam from Mizoram after an ex-militants group asked the community to leave the state following the viral video of two women being paraded naked in Manipur, officials said on Sunday.

According to Cachar’s Superintendent of Police Numal Mahatta, these individuals arrived in Silchar from the adjoining Mizoram on Saturday night and have been housed at the Lakhipur Development Block building in the Binnakandi area.

“These are all well-to-do families and they came in their own vehicles. Some are college professors, while some work as senior government officials. They said that there have been no attacks in Mizoram as of now,” he told PTI.
They said that the Mizoram government was providing all security to them, but they themselves did not want to take any risk and came to Assam for their own safety, he added.

“They are saying that they will stay here till the situation normalises,” the SP said, adding that Assam Police is providing security to them.

In the wake of ethnic violence that erupted in Manipur on May 3, thousands of individuals from Meitei, Kuki, and Hmar communities sought refuge in Assam. However, reports emerged of some Meiteis fleeing Mizoram, where they had sought safety, after an ex-militants’ association in Mizoram advised them to leave due to tension sparked by a viral video showing two women being paraded naked in Manipur.
To address the concerns of the Meitei community living in Mizoram, the Mizoram government issued reassurances of their safety and urged them not to be swayed by rumors. Nevertheless, tensions persisted, leading to several Meitei individuals leaving for their home states on Saturday.
It’s important to note that a few thousand Meiteis, primarily from Manipur and south Assam, reside in Mizoram. Amid the unfolding situation, the Trinamool Congress alleged on Sunday that an 18-year-old girl had been assaulted and gang-raped in the Imphal East district of Manipur on May 15, just days after the disturbing incident involving the two stripped and paraded women in Manipur.
Quoting a report appearing in a section of the press, the ruling party of West Bengal claimed on Twitter, “The tragedy doesn’t end for Manipur!”
“An 18-year-old girl was handed over to four armed men by women vigilantes. She was later assaulted and gang-raped in Imphal East in Manipur on May 15. If such brutal cases are coming in the public eye after more than a month, what’s still hidden must be truly gruesome,” it tweeted.
The TMC, a delegation of which visited the northeastern state recently, wondered when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh “take accountability for the complete law and order failure”.
(With inputs from PTI)

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